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Bod-Inc: A-400


Ethica Nicomachea (trans. Leonardus Brunus Aretinus).


Analysis of Content

a2r Brunus Aretinus, Leonardus: ‘Prefatio.’ [Letter addressed to Martinus V, Pont. Max.] Bruni, Schriften, 75-6.

a3r [Brunus Aretinus, Leonardus: Preface to Ethica Nicomachea.] Bruni, Schriften, 76-81.

b1r Aristoteles: Ethica Nicomachea. Translated by Leonardus Brunus Aretinus. Incipit: ‘[O]mnis ars omnisque doctrina similiter autem et actus et electio bonum quoddam appetere videtur . . .’ See A‑394.


Imprint: Oxford: [Printer of the ‘Expositio in symbolum apostolorum'], 1479. 4°.

Remarks: Formerly ascribed to [Theodoricus Rood]; BMC identifies as [Printer of Rufinus]. See D. E. Rhodes, ‘Variants in the 1479 Oxford Edition of Aristotle's Ethics', Studies in Bibliography, 8 (1956), 209-12, repr. in Dennis E. Rhodes, Studies in Early European Printing and Book Collecting (London, 1983), 8-11. For variants see BMC.


Collation: a–x8 y6.


ISTC: ia00987000

GW: GW 2373;

Hain: HC 1749;

Goff: Goff A‑987;


Proctor: Pr 9744;

Others: Duff 32; Oates 4160; Rhodes 150; Sheppard 7477-9; STC 752.

LCN: 13981274, 13981311, 13981313


Copy number: A-400(1)

Binding: Contemporary English (Oxford) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, one clasp lost. On both covers double fillets form a double frame; the inner rectangle is divided by stamps into triangular compartments. In the compartments and the inner frame three different stamps: a square squirrel stamp, a round lamb-and-flag stamp, and a rectangular floral staff stamp. For the binding see Gibson, Oxford Bindings, stamped binding no. 9, pl. vii, tools 22, 23, 24, 25, 26. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. The binding is listed by Graham Pollard in his notes on Oxford bindings, Bodleian Library, MS. Pollard 326, fol. 31.

Size: 208 × 143 × 42 mm.

Size of leaf: 202 × 126 mm.

Pastedowns and endleaves from a fourteenth-century parchment manuscript of commentaries on civil law; see Ker, Pastedowns, no. 38; the front are not from the same work as the rear leaves. The front pastedown and endleaves contain the Glossa ordinaria of Accursius without the later additional ‘Casus' of Vivianus to the Digestum vetus, covering to 1.6.10 (the fragment breaks off towards the end of the gloss ‘Alimentorum'). The commentary on the rear pastedown and endleaves may be to Digestum 28.1.6, perhaps from one of the fourteenth-century standard texts.

Copious early marginal notes by English hands. On a1r notes, in English, in a fifteenth-century hand, of pittances received by an Oxford student(?) (Madan 253), including one from the prior of Osney Abbey: ‘[Summa] debita: x(?) nobyl [ ] xv d | [Memorandum] that y had a mark of ye prior of Osiney byfor Crystmas | [memorandum] that my brothr and y had a mark aftyr Crystmas | [memorandum] that y had a nobyll yn ye Lent | [memorandum] that y had x d. aftyr Lent | [memorandum] that y had xx d byfor my mas | [memorandum] that y had x[ ] d lytyll aftyr my mas | [memorandum] that y had nobyll in Fryswyse chyrche [ ] xxxv d. | [Total]'; two elegiac distichs ('Efficiunt opera virtutis quemque beatum | Cum sibi nil vero sensibus obediat. | Ast homini data est mo[do] feli[citatis] facultas | Ad finem vite s[ic] q[uod] manere potest.') and three pentameters ('Agere p[er]u[erse](?) poterit atque felix. | Felicibus cun[c]tis grata fortuna fauet. | Nec verus felix est reputatus inops.)'; all with glosses in Latin, followed by four more lines in Latin. On y6v early notes in English and Latin; further notes on back endleaf and pastedown, including one recording in a fifteenth-century hand the delivery of twelve pounds of lead from master Norris to master Stacy, bursar of All Souls College, presumably Thomas Stacy († after 1511), Fellow of All Souls 1487-after 1497/98 (see Emden, BRUO, 1749); inscription: ‘[Memorandum quod] M. Stacy beyng boucer of All Soulye Colege had for the sa[d] colege xii povynds of led delyuyd by mayst' Norrys'; also two names: ‘Master Taylor' and ‘Master Powel': perhaps to be identified with Ranulph Taylor († before Mar. 1509), Fellow of All Souls 1480-91 (see Emden, BRUO, 1852), and Philip Howell (Powell, † by Feb. 1530), Fellow of All Souls 1481–c.1487; see Emden, BRUO, 977.

In gatherings b–h, paragraph marks supplied in red; red capital strokes and occasional underlining.

Provenance: On a2r ‘Codex Michaelis Canni'. John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 85. Presented in 1659.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: 8° A 17 Art. Seld.; Auct. 1Q 5.17 (in 1843); Auct. R sup. 8.

SHELFMARK: S. Seld. e.2.

Copy number: A-400(2)

Bound with A‑168(4); see there for details of binding.

Size of leaf: 152 × 109 mm.

Leaves l3, and l6-8 only.

Early interlinear notes.

Provenance and date of acquisition unknown.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. R sup. 9(3).

SHELFMARK: Arch. G e.7(3).

Copy number: A-400(3)

Bound in a guard-book of English fragments.

Fragments of v3, v6, v7 and v8 only. Mutilated.

Size of fragments: 108 × 100 to 169 × 108 mm.

Provenance and date of acquisition unknown.

SHELFMARK: Inc. c. E7.1(1).

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